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Kane Williamson achieves top-five ranking across all formats

Updated: Jan 09, 2017 19:10 IST      
Kane Williamson achieves top-five ranking across all formats

Dubai [UAE], Jan. 9 (ANI): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has broken into the top five of the ICC Player Rankings for T20I batsmen after a good series against Bangladesh which his side won 3-0.

Williamson scored 73 not out, 12 and 60 to finish with a series aggregate of 145 runs. For this consistency, he has been rewarded with a jump of two places which has put him in fourth position.

Williamson already occupies positions in the top-five of Tests and ODIs. He sits in the fourth spot in Test rankings, while he is ranked fifth in ODI rankings.

Virat Kohli, captain of Team India, is the only other batsmen in the world who presently features in the top five of all three formats. He is the number-one ranked batsman in T20Is, second-ranked in ODIs and ranked number-two in Tests.

Interestingly, both Kohli and Williamson captained their respective sides in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008 in Malaysia. India won the tournament when it defeated South Africa by 12 runs (DLS method).

Apart from Williamson, Colin Munro has also made an impact on the latest T20I rankings. The left-hander smashed a 54-ball 101 in the second match, which has helped him jump 20 places to 19th.

In the T20I bowling table, the biggest mover is Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman who won the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year award. The left-armer has leaped 10 places to 10th in the latest rankings. In doing so, he has also become Bangladesh's highest-ranked bowler, leapfrogging Shakib Al Hasan who is 11th after rising three places.

New Zealand's Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have also achieved career-high rankings. Santner has gained 26 places and is now ranked 18th, while Sodhi has rocketed 19 places to claimed 19th spot. With Adam Milne now in 17th place, New Zealand has three bowlers inside the top 20.

South Africa's Imran Tahir is the number-one ranked T20I bowler. He is followed by Jasprit Bumrah of India and West Indies' Samuel Badree.

Meanwhile, New Zealand has retained its status as the number-one ranked T20I side. For its 3-0 success, it has earned one point which has lifted it to 129 points. Bangladesh has also lost one point and has slipped to 72 points. (ANI)

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